HANOI - CHINA and Japan have agreed to improve ties and will resume talks on a disputed gas field, Japan's Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara said on Friday after talks with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi.

'We agreed that we will make efforts to improve the ties between Japan and China and press forward the strategic, mutually beneficial relationship. The Chinese side also agreed on it,' Mr Maehara told reporters.

'We also agreed that we will resume the negotiations on the gas field development in the East China Sea,' he said after the meeting on the sidelines of an Asian summit, aimed at soothing their worst diplomatic row in years.

China, Japan to improve ties